I’ve got some fun paper piecing going on this week! I almost can’t bring myself to applique them…they’re just so stinkin cute. I want to scatter them around my house, like little happy flowers.
I know, I know, I’m missing purple. Maybe I’ll get to it. Feels kinda incomplete, however these will each be used on a different project so it won’t matter. :)
I’m working on a few little pouches and bags to offer for sale in the Denver Art Museum shop, in support of their arts programming fundraising. Thought a few happy little zippies and purses, appliqued with some bright English paper piecing, would be lovely.
The flowers came together super quickly, but these hexagon starbursts took a bit more time. I’m not sure I enjoyed working with the diamond shapes as much as I do the hexagons…or perhaps it’s just that they are only an inch in length (what was I thinking?!?).
On my first attempt- the pink one- I trimmed my fabric to just 1/4″ from the outside of my pieces before I basted it on, but something about the sharp corners made these much trickier than I’d envisioned it would be. Eeek, so messy looking on the back!
About half way through I decided to be much more generous around the edges, and by the time I got to the yellow starburst, I had a good half an inch or more hanging off the edges of the pieces. I figure I can always trim them down before I applique, and it just made basting and stitching them so much smoother! Looks messy and bulky, but eh, it’ll work just fine for a little padded pouch.
I just love working on these during those looooooong baseball games my husband loves to watch (zzzzzzzzz). And it is baseball season, so there are hexis popping up everywhere! Will definitely share more pics once I finish the bags.
Hope things are happy and colorful in your world today!